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Buffalo Bills Links, 2/7: Brian Daboll named Assistant Coach of the Year

Plus, Sean McDermott was robbed in finishing as runner-up for Coach of the Year.

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we recap Saturday night’s NFL Honors award ceremony, which saw Buffalo’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll take home the Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year award.

We also discuss the news that, despite leading Buffalo to its first AFC East title in 25 years, its first AFC Championship game appearance in 27 years, and tying the franchise record for wins in a season, head coach Sean McDermott lost out to Cleveland Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski for Coach of the Year.

We address quarterback Josh Allen finishing as the NFL MVP runner-up to Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers and becoming the first Buffalo player to earn MVP votes since Thurman Thomas in 1991, review the performances from Buffalo’s offensive line in 2020, hear from former Bills kicker Jake Arians on what it was like growing up with current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians as his father and his one season in Western New York, learn about Buffalo’s connections to Super Bowl LV, and much more!


Brian Daboll Named AP Assistant Coach of the Year

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll named AP Assistant Coach of the Year | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has added another Assistant Coach of the Year honor.”

Bills’ Brian Daboll wins 2020 AP Assistant Coach of the Year Award - newyorkupstate.com
Daboll’s offense set a franchise record with 501 points and 60 touchdowns in 2020.

Brian Daboll named AP’s assistant coach of the year - BuffaloBills.com
The offensive coordinator was named the NFL’s top assistant coach for 2020.

Bills praise AP assistant coach of the year Brian Daboll - BuffaloBills.com
“Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll was named AP Assistant Coach of the Year at this year’s NFL Honors. The Bills finished the regular season 13-3, winning the AFC East Division title for the first time since 1995.”

Sean McDermott Runner-Up for Coach of the Year

Bills’ Sean McDermott finishes second in Coach of the Year voting | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The award was presented to Cleveland’s Kevin Stefanski during the NFL Honors ceremony Saturday on the eve of the Super Bowl.”

Sorry, Browns fans. Bills’ Sean McDermott was more deserving of COY award - newyorkupstate.com
“There was a robbery at the 10th Annual NFL Honors awards on Saturday night,” writes Ryan Talbot.

Josh Allen NFL’s Runner-Up for MVP

Bills’ Josh Allen finishes second in NFL Most Valuable Player voting | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the honor for the third time with 44 votes among the national media panel of 50 people who regularly cover the league.”

Josh Allen becomes first Buffalo Bills player to receive MVP votes since Thurman Thomas in 1991 - WKBW
“Allen finished second in MVP voting behind Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers,” writes Paul Ross.

Will Patrick Mahomes be the new Tom Brady to the Bills?

Bills Mailbag: Is Patrick Mahomes going to be a Tom Brady-like thorn in the Bills' side? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“No team since the Bills in the 1990s has made it to four consecutive Super Bowls,” writes Jay Skurski.

Odds and Ends

2021 State of the Bills: Offensive line - WGR 550
“My ‘2021 State of the Bills’ series continues with a look at the offensive line as the team heads into the offseason,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Jake Arians on the Bills and dad Bruce in the Super Bowl – The Athletic
Twenty years after an injury ended his NFL career, Arians shares memories of playing and watching his dad coach his way to the Super Bowl. (Subscription required).

Bucs rookie Antoine Winfield Jr. follows in father’s footsteps and beyond to Super Bowl LV | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Antoine Winfield Jr. was pumped in April when the Minnesota safety was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” writes Jason Wolf.

Bills legend Jim Kelly was big fan of this part of Steve Harvey’s monologue (Watch) - newyorkupstate.com
Steve Harvey made light of the Patriots missing the playoffs in 2020.

Kevin Hart throws shade at Cole Beasley, and Bills fans are having none of it | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Hart made the comment during the NFL Honors show Saturday night.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen finishes second in 2020 MVP voting, wins Fantasy Football Player of the Year - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a historic season for the Buffalo Bills and was rewarded for that with the NFL’s DraftKings Fantasy Football Player of the Year.

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott finishes second in Coach of the Year voting - Buffalo Rumblings
The Associated Press went a different direction.

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll named AP Assistant Coach of the Year - Buffalo Rumblings
Last month, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America. On Saturday night, he earned the same honor from the Associated Press.

Billieve Podcast: Offseason Overview: Buffalo Bills’ Biggest Areas of Concern - Buffalo Rumblings
Introducing our State of the Bills podcast series!

Mocking the Bills: Najee Harris highlights Buffalo’s three-round mock - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills add a difference maker on offense.

Super Bowl LV features familiar faces for Buffalo Bills fans - Buffalo Rumblings
Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy will both evoke memories.

Arizona Cardinals win “Clutch Play of the Year” for Hail Mary game-winner - Buffalo Rumblings
Sad Bills fans.